My husband and I did this cruise. We have two kids, who had Spring Break while we were gone, but they still would have missed a full week and few days of school, so they stayed with their sitter, while in school, and with my parents, while on Spring Break. We were 40 and almost 40 during the cruise.
The cruise -- 15 night from Valparaiso, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina, around Cape Horn on the NCL Sun on March 9th, 2017. It was our 9th cruise, all on NCL.
We booked the cruise about 13 months before. We originally planned for Nov 2016, but quickly determined that we could not compete with the Thanksgiving cruisers. I wanted port side, given our east-bound direction; I do not think this really mattered in the end -- we were either in the channel with land on both sides or too far from land. Also, since I heard crossing from one ocean to the other could be very rough, I wanted lower and mid-ship. We booked a port hole room, mid-ship on deck 4th -- 4030. We normally book around deck 8 so were a little concerned about being far from things. We did not mind the location.
We booked through a travel agent and got some outboard credit. We also got 4 speciality dining meals and pre-paid tips (it was nice not to see these added to the onboard account every day -- they add up fast!) from NCL's pick 2 free things. We were platinum for the first time, so go two additional speciality dining meals.
We used the phone app to track our onboard spending account -- Norwegian iConcierge. It only works on the ship and can access the ship's wi-fi free or without using your minutes. However, download it before you get on the ship because you cannot download it without using your internet minutes on the ship, so my husband did not have it and missed not having his own copy on his phone some. It showed some weird inaccuracy, most corrected themselves after a couple of days, others like charges tied to the wrong on ship vendor may have stayed wrong. It was very helpful to keep tabs on the onboard account.
We have one night on land before the cruise but did not stay longer after since we had kids to get home to. We had a direct flight to Santiago from DFW and a direct flight from Buenos Aires home.
Enough background -- on to the review.
NCL Sun - 03/2017 (S. Amer - Valparaiso, Puerto Montt, Puerto Chacabuco, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Cape Horn, Falkland Islands, Puerto Madryn, Montevideo, Buenos Aires)
NCL Sun - 09/2015 (Alaska - ISP, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan from Seward to Vancouver)
NCL Jewel - 03/2015 (Western Caribbean - Cozumel, Belize, Banana Coast from Houston)
NCL Dawn - 10/2013 (Bermuda - from Boston)
NCL Sun - 07/2012 (Baltic - Denmark, Germany, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Finland, Sweden from Copenhagen - 10th Anniversary)
NCL Spirit - 11/2010 (Exotic Western Caribbean - Costa Maya, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel from New Orleans)
NCL Pearl - 11/2009 (Eastern Caribbean - Dominican Republic, St. Thomas, Tortola, Great Stirrup Cay from Miami)
NCL Dream - 11/2006 (Western Caribbean - Progresso, Belize, Cozumel from Houston)
NCL Sun - 07/2003 (Alaska - Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Victoria from Seattle)